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State Transportation Commission meets in Seattle next week to talk about ferry fare increase

The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet in Seattle next week to consider a proposal for ferry fare increases.

The changes under review include a 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 3 percent increase on vehicle fares that would kick in on Oct. 1, followed by a 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 2.5 percent increase on vehicle fares on May 1, 2014.

The commission will also take up proposals to name two state transportation facilities and will receive briefings on transit needs and programs during the meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The commission meets 9 a.m. July 30 and 31, in the Ruth Fisher Board Room, Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment periods scheduled at the close of each day.

A public hearing on proposed ferry fare changes is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

The commission has proposed several policy changes and across-the-board fare increases to make sure the state meets the ferry-fare-revenue target set by the Legislature in the recently enacted 2013-2015 transportation budget.

In addition to the public hearing on July 30, the commission has received public comments through email and letters and during meetings held in six ferry-served communities earlier this month, including one on Bainbridge Island.

Information on the commission’s ferry fare proposal can be found at www.wstc.wa.gov.

 

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